Hydrogen Transport Economy (HyTrEc-2)


Project brief

HyTrEc-2, funded by Interreg North Sea Region and co-financed by European Regional Development Fund, puts the people, skills and experience required in the North Seas Region to kickstart the hydrogen economy with a transport focus.

The North Sea Region is a suitable testbed for hydrogen as many of the shipping ports are a long way from the final destinations, and the demands of transporting goods through rural areas are harder for battery electric vehicles to accommodate.


Hytrec-2 aims to build the business case for hydrogen transport and expand the network out by developing experience with hydrogen vehicles and refuelling stations.

The project will reduce the cost of hydrogen vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions by improving efficiency and developing innovative methods for the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen.


As part of the HyTrEc-2 project, Cenex monitors fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), fuel cell range extended vehicles (FC-REEVs) and dual fuel internal combustion engines (DF-ICE, a blend of hydrogen and diesel) to power the vehicle. These various powertrains operate in a range of conditions, and will build the business case for low carbon vehicles in the North Sea Region.

The project will deliver:

  • Green hydrogen production from wind and solar
  • 80 people trained in hydrogen
  • 25 businesses entering the supply chain
  • A number of reports on the standards and the business case for hydrogen